Peaceful protest at Orchard Nursing Home
THERE is to be a peaceful protest outside the Orchard Nursing Home on Saturday afternoon at 2.30 p.m. now that the last of the residents has been moved out.
Staff and residents were told on Monday February 2 that the care home must close due to being a fire hazard. It emerged that the building was to be bulldozed and an application made next year for a capital grant to replace it.
Local men Ronnie Coughlan and Paul Smith were the final residents who had struggled to stay put but were eventually moved out by staff.
A newly formed group called ‘ Friends of the Orchard,’ has since had a meeting with the HSE and passed on their own financial concerns, claiming that money can actually be saved by carrying out work to bring the nursing home up to scratch.
Independent assessors say that remedial works will cost €100,000 and take around a month to complete. The estimated cost of housing the 38 residents in alternative private homes is €1.5 million. The cost of public beds is at least €300 cheaper per person per week.
A petition will be available for the Bray public to sign on Saturday. Cllr. John Brady, who is supporting the staff, family members and supporters of the home has called the decision to close the home ‘ill-considered and wasteful.’
The group has asked that no further works to clear out the Nursing home takes place until their proposals are looked at.
The HSE have said they will organise another meeting before any further work takes place.